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Deputies arrest man in connection with hit-and-run crash

A motorcyclist and his passenger suffered serious injuries Saturday following a hit-and-run crash in the Town of Westport Saturday.

The incident happened at the intersection of County Highway Q and County Highway K in the town of Westport just after 10 p.m. Saturday.

According to the sheriff?s department, deputies responded to an accident between a car and a motorcycle in the Town of Westport. The driver of the car, Bayardo Torrez-Gutierrez, took off northbound following the crash, but was stopped by a Waunakee police officer a short while later.

The driver of the motorcycle, Joshua Parsons, 30, and his passenger, Heather Boyer, 29, were brought to UW Hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.� They were wearing helmets at the time of the crash.

Thousands gather for Rhythm and Booms

Thousands spent the day in Madison getting ready for the annual Rhythm and Booms fireworks spectacular at Warner Park.

Though numerous communities canceled their fireworks displays due to the exceedingly dry weather, in Madison, the show went on.

Though everyone was at Warner Park mainly for the fireworks, the acclaimed display meant different things to many in attendance.

The show brought some families together while giving other families some hope for the future.

For Mike Wade, up from Atlanta to celebrate a family reunion, it was one of the best ways imaginable to mark his 60th birthday.

"By no stretch of the imagination, it's the best fireworks in the entire country," said Wade. "And we've been to a lot of them."


Perhaps due to residing in Atlanta, Wade was pretty adept at managing Saturday?s scorching temperatures.

Madison police search for homicide suspect

Madison police are searching for a homicide suspect believed to be armed after a stabbing at a north side home.

Police told WISC-TV they were called to a home in the 500 block of Waxwing Way just after 9:30 p.m. last night. �Emergency medical services personnel were unable to revive the victim, who was suffering from multiple stabbing wounds. �He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Matthew O'Dell, 25, is being called a suspect in the case, and police are actively searching for him. �Madison police told WISC-TV they know the weapon used and the motive for the stabbing but are not announcing it�publicly�at this time. �They do no believe it was a random act. �


"We responded here for a stabbing and that is what I want the public to be aware of," said a Madison Police spokesman at the scene. �"This individual we want to talk to in relation to this crime should be treated as armed and dangerous."

Report: Madison Police investigate north side homicide

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that police are at the scene of a north side mobile home park to investigate a possible homicide.

Madison Police told WISC-TV that they were called to the scene on Waxwing Drive shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday.

Madison police Sgt. Brian Chaney told the State Journal that they went to the address on a weapons offense, but that the Medical Examiner was there as well.

Police were called to the scene about the same time as the Rhythm and Booms fireworks were going on nearby at Warner Park.

WISC-TV has sent a crew to the scene and will have more details later on Sunday.

Fire Department warns about fireworks fines

The Madison Fire Department is warning residents about the consequences if they use illegal fireworks in the city.

If you live in Madison, only sparklers, snakes, snaps, caps and party poppers are legal. If police find you with other fireworks, you could face a $330 fine. �A second offense will cost you $430.

Fire authorities said at least two fires started from illegal fireworks this year.

?When you do this, you're not just starting a little fire, you're potentially starting a large fire,? said Fire Department spokesperson Lori Wirth. ?That can encroach on heavily populated areas and do a world of damage. ?

Firework fines aren't just for adults. Juveniles will receive a fine of more than $100 if they're caught with illicit fireworks.

Police: Madison man exposes himself at bank

A Madison man will be banned from all Anchor Bank properties after Madison police said they arrested him on charges of lewd and lascivious behavior.

On Wednesday, Paul L. Beck, 60, was arrested at the Anchor Bank at 2929 N. Sherman Avenue.

Police said Beck approached a female employee, asking her questions about opening different types of accounts, with his athletic shorts down just above his knees, and his private parts completely exposed.

After about two minutes, police said Beck walked away, and the employee was able to alert staff members, who then called police.

DNR: Emergency burning restrictions in effect for 11 counties

DNR: Emergency burning restrictions in effect for 11 counties


Emergency burning restrictions for 11 counties in southern Wisconsin will begin Friday in fire protection areas under control of the Department of Natural Resources.

All of Crawford, Richland, Sauk, Columbia, Marquette, Green Lake and portions of Iowa, Grant, Dane, Adams and Juneau counties are affected by these emergency burning restrictions, which will begin at 12:01 a.m. Friday.

Emergency burning restrictions apply to the designated areas that are outside incorporated cities and villages in these counties.

Under these restrictions, burning of any combustible material outdoors is prohibited until further notice. This includes: